Salmonella Fears Prompt Recall of Pistachio Nut Products

Two companies are recalling pistachio nut products today because of <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/salmonella">salmonella fears. According to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), these recalls are NOT related to peanut product recalls issued as a result of the Peanut Corp. of America salmonella outbreak.

The first recall involves the following products distributed by California-based Georgia Nut Company:

* Bulk Deluxe Mixed Nuts with shelled pistachios purchased at the Not Just Nuts store in Wauwatosa, WI from Dec. 5, 2008 through March 24, 2009;
* Bulk or custom packaged Deluxe Mixed Nuts with shelled pistachios purchased at Georgia Nut retail stores in Skokie and Glenview, IL, Georgia Nut’s Chocolate House location in Greenfield, WI, and through the Company’s website from Dec 11, 2008 through March 23, 2009;
* Bulk or custom packaged Dry Roasted Shelled Pistachios purchased at Georgia Nut retail stores in Skokie and Glenview, IL, Georgia Nut’s Chocolate House location in Greenfield, WI, and through the Company’s website from Dec 3, 2008 through March 23, 2009;
* Mixed Nuts Deluxe Roasted and Salted Bulk with shelled pistachios purchased from clear plastic bulk bins in the produce department at Dominick’s Finer Foods stores in the greater Chicagoland area from Dec. 10, 2008 through March 25, 2009.

According to Georgia Nut, its testing regimen had identified potential salmonella contamination in shelled pistachio nuts from a third party supplier. Georgia Nut said it had not received any reports of illness linked to these products, and was issuing the recall as a precaution.

Consumers should not consume the recalled products, and they are being advised to return any amount of product in their possession to the place of purchase for a replacement or refund. Georgia Nut Company has established a 24-hour consumer information line at (800) 914-4110 and www.gncinfo.com for more information.

The second recall involves Back to Nature Foods Company’s Nantucket Blend trail mix containing pistachio nuts that may have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. The following varieties are being recalled:

* Back to Nature Nantucket Blend trail mix, 28 oz. bag, UPC code 59283-00020 and a “best by” date between 08 20 09 and 12 12 09.
* Back to Nature Nantucket Blend trail mix, 10 oz. bag, UPC code 59283-31039 and a “best by” date between 11 04 09 and 12 12 09.

Consumers can find the “best by” date on the back of the package and should discard any product they have. Consumers can contact the company at 1-866-538-8280 with any questions.

There have been no cases of salmonella poisoning reported to date in connection with these products and the company is issuing this recall as a precaution. These products were distributed to retail stores nationwide.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

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